Tuesday, July 28, 2009

kitchen accessories

Since I am currently on hold with my hexagon blanket (the closest yarn shop is an hour from where I live), I decided to play with some quick kitchen accessorizing. I have an assortment of peaches and creme cotton yarn on hand, so that is what I used. It met the criteria of being washable, sturdy, and cheap. The color inspiration came from one of my bags, I like the orange/blue combination a lot.
The pattern for the bobble scrubby came from Crochet Today (March/April '09). It was really quick and fun to make, I mean really fast. It consists of two crocheted discs that are then crocheted together. The double thickness makes it act almost like a sponge when you are using it, really sturdy. The pattern called for two strands of yarn held together, I only used one strand for the entire thing and it turned out perfectly well.
The circle stripes one I just made up based on the bobble one, it is slightly larger and has no bobbles. It also is double thickness and if I had thought to make it a little bigger it would make a nice hot pad.
I think that they would make great gifts, especially paired with some Mrs. Meyers dish washing liquid.

Friday, July 24, 2009

marble magnets

I love marble magnets. They are so fast and easy to make, there are so many possibilities to play with....These were a little set that I made for an art teacher friend of mine.
I am currently out of the blue and the yellow/green yarn for my hexagon blanket so it is on hold until I can get more. I only bought a few balls of each color to begin with to make financing the throw a little easier since dye lot would not matter. Apparently I am using blue and yellow quite a bit more than the other colors, but that's OK, I like it.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Today we began our long weekend house sitting for my in-laws who just happen to have a lovely pool. They live in the same town that we do, actually just up the hill, but to be in their backyard you would never guess that you are "in town". We visit all the time, but it is nice to have the house to ourselves and be away from our own house, it does feel like a little vacation, and not once did we here "are we there yet". Once we arrived little miss went strait to "her room" to lay out her precious cargo she packed to bring, and little man headed strait for his swimming trunks. This evening the kids enjoyed the pool while I sat working on the hexagon throw listening to a podcast from craftsanity. Very nice.
My little miss is very difficult to catch before she strikes a pose for the camera, my little man starts hiding as soon as he sees me pull it out of the bag:)
We decided to light the torches with citronella oil to ward off the pesky mosquitoes.
After a while I took a break from the hexagon throw and started playing with some embroidery thread I had. I don't really have a purpose for this little guy, maybe he will end up as an embellishment on something...it would be a really great scarf, but at the moment I don't have the kind of patience it would take to crochet a hundred hexagons with embroidery floss:) maybe another time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

rainy day

It rained all day long today. Personally I love a good rainy day, it is beautiful, soothing, and allows me to curl up inside with coffee and a project. The kids did get a little stir crazy this afternoon, but nothing too unbearable. I took this photo under the protection of my from porch today sitting on the swing, my impatiens were getting a good soak. To make the day even better it was chilly enough to put on a comfy sweatshirt, perfect. Hope everyone has had a lovely day as well.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

my first hexagons

Let me start off by saying that I am a crochet newbie. I have knitted for several years and was very happy with my two or five pointy sticks. Until about the last year or so crochet had eluded me, which didn't really bother me because I had my knitting, but finally something clicked and now I love it. Actually at the moment I am preferring it to knitting. (gasp) I love the little medallions that begin the hexagon, and the colors.
I get immediate satisfaction from creating these colorful little circles, and I can dream about how they will all come together...I just love it. I know I am a little late on the hexagon bandwagon, but better late than never right? The pattern I am using is this one from Attic 24. I just recently discovered crocheted hexagons when I stumbled upon Moonstitches blog, amazingly beautiful. That then led me to Attic 24 and that was it. I love, love, love, her blog. The color and the cheeriness of her posts are completely inspiring. I just signed up today for the flickr group hexagon love!
So, a little more about this throw...I am using Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton yarn. It is lovely, rich, soft, and environmentally conscious. The only problem I have on occasion is that the twist is rather loose and catches on my hook, it can be a little tricky, but other than that I am very happy with it. I am hoping very much that the colors are working, I go back and forth. I am trying to space the colors visually, but I don't have any of it preplanned or in a pattern of any sort. Now I am off to watch Coraline for the very first time and crochet some more hexagons of course!

Monday, July 20, 2009

infinite beading

I have been making paper beads by the hundreds out of funnies from the Sunday paper. First I cut them into long skinny triangles and then wrap them around toothpicks, adding glue as I go. Once finished I stick the toothpick into a styrofoam block until they are dry.
This is the progress so far for a sculpture that I was creating for a local show with a "green" theme...however the beading is taking much longer than I had anticipated so I didn't make the deadline. I am going to finish it (hopefully) and use it for another show in the fall. My idea was to use the newspaper beads as a recycled element to the piece, and I chose to use comics because of the colors as well as the title of the sculpture. I don't usually title work before its complete, but in a way this piece began with the title.
It will be titled: "It's Not Funny"... I know it is entirely corny. I love it anyway. I will post some images of the entire sculpture in progress as soon as I can figure out how to take a decent picture of it. It is somewhat like this piece which I did last spring. Have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Welcome to my new blog! I am so excited to have a spot to document all of my creative meanderings and special memories. I'm not sure what category this blog will fall under because I tend to be all over the place with my interests. I love photography, jewelry, knitting and crochet, dabble in a little sewing from time to time, create various art (currently have been working on some figurative art sculptures/dolls), and I enjoy cooking. So we will see what happens:) I am also famous for not finishing projects, and I am hoping that this blog will hold me more accountable for completing projects. Have a wonderful week!